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Thomas Mayer

Founding Director of the Flossbach von Storch Research Institute

Thomas Mayer is the founding Director of the Flossbach von Storch Research Institute in Cologne, Germany.

From 2010 to 2012, he was chief economist of Deutsche Bank Group and head of Deutsche Bank Research. In that capacity, he advised Deutsche Bank’s management and key clients.

Previously, from 2002 to 2009, he was chief European economist at Deutsche Bank in London and co-head of the Deutsche Bank’s Global Economics Group. Before joining Deutsche Bank, Thomas worked for Goldman Sachs in Frankfurt and London, and for Salomon Brothers in London.

Before moving to the private sector, he held positions at the International Monetary Fund and the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Kiel and is a CFA Charterholder since 2003.

His book “Europe’s Unfinished Currency: The Political Economics of the Euro” was published in October 2012 by Anthem Press. He writes a regular economics column in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Since 2015, he is an honorary professor at the University of Witten-Herdecke.

Articles by Thomas Mayer

Germany: Increasingly Mimicking Italy‘s Economy? Or Eventually Turkey’s?

Today’s Germany may be threatened with what doomed Italy in the 1980s – a profound failure to adapt to a vastly changed world.

September 15, 2023

Huntington Reloaded: Reflections on German Escapism

The three candidates to succeed Angela Merkel as German Chancellor are woefully unprepared to deal with geopolitical pressures.

September 22, 2021

Greece’s Pyrrhic Victory

EMU membership keeps Greece locked in deflationary debt and cost reduction.

March 6, 2019

Germany’s New Government: Abandoning German Interests in Europe

Don't blame the French for seeking to pursue French interests and see to it that the French economic model prevails in Europe. But Berlin acts imprudently by accommodating that desire.

February 12, 2018

The Italian-German Banking Disease

Economically, Italy and Germany seem worlds apart. Why then are the two countries’ banks both facing a deep crisis?

November 4, 2016

Brexit: Separating the Good From the Bad From the Ugly

It is high time for Europe to engage in nuanced analysis of the Brexit vote. Part of the protest was right on target. The EU should learn from it.

August 20, 2016

From Trump to Erdogan: The Rise of the “Identitarians”

Supporters of identity politics feel safer by shutting doors to the rest of the world. Who pays the price? How did elites contribute to it all?

August 10, 2016

The English Patient: Help Needed

A "Brexit light" would help heal the divisions of British society and lead to a more flexible EU.

July 1, 2016

Italian Nights: Europe’s New Trench Warfare

A not-so-imaginary chat between German and Italian economists reveals differing national views on the euro and economic cultures.

September 9, 2013

Can American History Save the Euro?

Can the eurozone successfully model its monetary and fiscal community on the U.S. political regime of the 19th century?

October 10, 2012

Stoiber Vs. Schröder: Does it Matter?

Compared to Gerhard Schröder, would Edmund Stoiber really be all that different a chancellor?

April 10, 2002